Registration now open for community mission to Israel

By Stephanie Goodling
HAKOL Editor

For the first time in several years, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is leading a mission to Israel that is open to the entire community. The Maimonides Society is sponsoring the mission, which includes two unique paths—one for cycling enthusiasts and one for non-bikers. Registration is now open, and all are invited to join the journey through Israel, which will take place over 11 days from March 23 to April 2, 2022.

Participants will explore the landscapes of Israel, staying in five different hotels and resorts. Those taking the biker track will be equipped for five half-day rides with a bike and gear if they don’t want to bring their own. An escort team with two mechanics, escort vehicle and bike trailer, repair equipment and spare parts will accompany the group throughout the riding days. 

Everyone will enjoy five-star accommodations, including chances to visit local wineries and home hospitality with professional chefs. A private licensed English-speaking tour guide will lead the group.

The major highlight of the trip will be donating an ambucycle with United Hatzalah of Israel in memory of Dr. Mickey Ufberg, z”l, a founding member of the Maimonides Society. Other highlights will include a visit to the Western Galilee Medical Center and touring regions from Tel Aviv to the Negev. With a cocktail-making workshop, visits to farms, beaches and botanical gardens, and a chance to experience Havdalah under the stars, the trip promises to be a fun and unforgettable experience.

“You won’t want to miss this adventure celebrating the beauty and culture of Israel,” said Federation Executive Director Jeri Zimmerman. “Spots are already filling up, and we are so excited to have everyone joining us, whether you are a member of Maimonides or not. There will be something for everyone.”

To see a full itinerary and register, visit If you have questions, please contact Jeri Zimmerman at 610-821-5500.